Question: What are the chances that the Raiders trade both Randy Moss and Jerry Porter during the offseason? Also, what kind of value can the Raiders get for them and what are the salary cap implications? It would be interesting to see if trading these two players could help in bringing in talent to improve the offensive line.
- Derek Walker, Littleton, Colo.
Answer: Porter is almost guaranteed not to be back. His situation has been a distraction, partly because the Raiders refused to play him and didn’t trade him. His value in a trade has been hurt because of all the problems he’s had with the Raiders. Teams will offer less attractive packages, such as fifth-, sixth- or seventh-round draft choices, assuming the Raiders want to dump him. The Raiders would take a salary cap hit if they just cut Porter, but would likely move him to get whatever they can.
Moss is a different story. He makes a lot of money and will entering his 10th season in 2007. It’s not often receivers with that many years in the NFL are dealt, especially when they are scheduled to make nearly $10 million next season.
Plus, player-for-player trades are rare in the NFL. So the Raiders would likely have to trade for a draft choice and take an offensive lineman to help that unit. With rookies starting at both guard spots, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Raiders look for another veteran rather than add another young lineman. Coach Art Shell won’t address any changes right now.
- Jason Jones